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#1 of 7 Old 03-11-2004, 01:46 PM - Thread Starter
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What can anyone recommend that would be a natural and safer weed killer around my house? I've pulled what I can, but there are a couple of weeds that are growing up through cracks that I can't get at the roots.

My dh said he thought bleach would work but I'm not sure that's the best one either.

Any ideas?
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#2 of 7 Old 03-11-2004, 02:08 PM
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please don't use bleach, that is dangerous not only to your health but the enviroments. if you are not concerned about area plants (ie. sidewalk crack weeds) you can pour boiling vinegar water on the weeds. if you are concerned about surrounding plants carefully pour directly onto the plant saturating with just plain boiling water or spray to saturation directly on "weed" vinegar eps. best on a sunny day to help dry out the plants. you may have to redo treatments, but it's worth it imo since it's safe and mostly effective.

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If it is in cracks and you NEVER want plants to grow there, salt. It will make the soil infertile. Just be careful not to put it anywere that it could run into gardens or lawns when it rains.
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I also have a weed problem. I found this recipe online today:

4 c vinegar
1/4 c salt
2 tsp dish soap

I am hoping it works. I only made it halfway across our yard pulling the persistent plants.
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commercial-grade vinegar (higher acid %) is supposed to work fast, but I've never figured out where I can buy it...
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Our Lowe's & Home Depot both carry the 20% vinegar. I imagine most good sized garden centers should carry it also.
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They have some environmentally responsible week killer at Garden's Alive, their website is just
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